Aaron Judge returns to the Yankees after getting injured on his birthday, but appears to have to hurt his right hand to dive for a stolen base against the Minnesota Twins
The New York Yankees are anxiously awaiting the condition of their star hitter and baseman Aaron Judge after he appeared to hurt himself while diving for a stolen base on Wednesday, though he returned to the team’s dugout shortly thereafter.
Judge landed awkwardly when he tried to slide to third while Anthony Rizzo was playing for the Yankees. He eventually fails to get there in time, though he immediately gets back on his feet, running down the tunnel while appearing to grab his right arm.
The 99er picked up the injury, which has not yet been diagnosed by the Yankees medical staff, in the second inning of Wednesday’s game against the Twins in the Bronx.
The judge appeared to have cut himself on his 31st birthday.
Fortunately for the home fans, their star player is back in the team dugout, just one inning after hurting himself.
He was caught on camera fiddling with his pinky while watching his teammates play the field from afar, in the top of the third.
MLB’s Brian Hoch later chirp: Judge went back to the Yankees dugout and attached the elbow guard again, which seemed to indicate that he was planning to take his net at bat. So… all good?
Yankees staff writer Max Goodman of NJ.com also confirmed Judge’s return to the team’s dugout, though he added that last year’s MVP was “back in the club.”
“All I can say is that he was still gloved on his left hand, not his right hand, and the coaches are a bit more energetic than usual at the moment.”
With the score 5-0 in New York’s favour, many Yankees fans questioned their sluggish star’s decision to try and steal a base in the mold of rookie Anthony Volpe. The 21-year-old has stolen eight of those in 24 games with the Yankees, so far this season.